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The Symposium on Technology Management and Logistics (SIPTIK VII) was held recently for two days at the School of Technology Management of Logistics (STML), Universiti Utara Malaysia. It was organized by STML and created a new chapter with the inclusion of participation from other institutions of higher learning (IPT).

In addition to participants from the organizing university, it involved participations from Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Universiti Malaysia Perlis, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak and Politeknik Seberang Jaya, Penang.

The STML dean, Associate Professor Dr. Zulkifli Mohamed Udin said the symposium, which started since 2011, involved participations from the three programs in STML .The programme was jointly organized with the Centre for University Industry Collaboration (CUIC) UUM .

"The purpose of this symposium is to give exposure to the students about the potential and opportunities open for them after graduation. The students are also given the opportunity to present the outcome of their final semester research work in an international seminar environment whilst also improving their communication skills and self-esteem," he said.

Throughout SIPTIK VII, participants had the opportunity to listen to key-note lectures delivered three industry practitioners, Chief Executive Officer KLIA Holdings Bhd, Tan Sri Ir. Jamilus Hussein; Senior Vice President, Collaboration Research Engineering Science and Technology (CREST) Penang, Dr. Nor Azmi Alias and Innovation Director, Infineon Technologies Sdn Bhd, Mr. Tan Soon Keong.

Meanwhile, CUIC Director, Associate Professor Dr. Hartini Ahmad in her welcoming speech said, endeavours were made to create a closer UUM and industry practitioners involvement so the two parties can identify their strengths and weaknesses and improve accordingly.

She hoped that the symposium such as this can be done in a larger scale with the involvement of more participants from universities across the country.

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